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Purple Heart Parkway Opened


Purple Heart Parkway Now Open to Traffic

Crawfordsville and Montgomery County Officials Cut Ribbon on New Infrastructure

Mayor Todd Barton announced today the City, along with Montgomery County elected officials and representatives from INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) held a joint ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly completed section of roadway that now connects U.S. 231 and S.R. 47.

The project began in November, 2014 and was jointly funded by the City of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, and INDOT. In addition, three private land owners donated the land for the project. “This was the catalyst that helped move it forward,” said Jim Fulwider, Montgomery County Commissioner, “It was appealing to be part of a collaborative project that will help create future opportunities for our community.” 

It was designed to improve traffic flow and enhance safety, and due to its location in a high growth area, the parkway will also help spur future development for the city. “Infrastructure is a critical component to the vitality and growth of any community,” said Mayor Barton, “Without continual improvements, a community becomes stagnant and eventually dies. We viewed the opportunity to partner with the County and INDOT as a strategic investment in our community’s future.”

Included in the ceremony was an official renaming of the roadway. It will now be called “Purple Heart Parkway” in honor of the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s Purple Heart Recipients. A list of potential names was provided by American Legion Post 72 and VFW Post 1431. Mary Jane Renick, an American Legion Auxiliary member, and whose son was a Purple Heart recipient, suggested the chosen name.